Gull on the Outside ~ Looking Back


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This handsome gull seemed to be posing just for me. I have placed him looking through a “time window” into the past. The lively gulls at the beach were taken on a ‘strange weather’ day a few years ago. I loved the sky but felt the image lacked a subject. Now I have a nice gull to direct attention to the three in the original photo.
Herring gulls: not your ordinary shorebird
by Bill Hobbs

For many, the herring gull is synonymous with the Connecticut coast, but few know how clever this “seagull” is. Watch them carefully and you’ll see herring gulls take clams 30 feet in the air and drop them on rocks or parking lots to open them.
If you’re a fisherman, you know that herring gulls and terns actively follow schools of striped bass and blue fish, waiting for them to drive swarms of menhaden, a silvery minnow-like fish to the surface, where fowl and fish can feast on them. They’ve also been observed bait fishing, according to “All About Birds,” The Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s website.

“The herring gull floated bits of bread on the surface of a pond and attacked goldfish feeding on the bread,” the website said, adding, “The gull ate none of the bread itself, indicating deliberate tool use.”

There are 28 different species of gulls in North America. The herring gull is the most common gull on the Atlantic Coast. If herring gulls survive their first year or two, they have a good chance of living a long life. The oldest recorded herring gull lived 29 years and three months in the wild.
When herring gulls reach 4 years old, their head and breast feathers morph into pure white, and wings turn grey with black-tipped primary feathers, while juveniles, 1 to 3 years old, sport all brown or some variation of brown and white feathers.

This image appears on the calendar, Life Is ~ A Day At The Beach (click to view)

Canon EOS REBEL T1i, Canon Zoom Lens EF-S 18-55mm.
Created in Corel Paint Shop Pro.
Location: the Connecticut shoreline (USA).
Season: summer, July and August.
Dedicated to life at the shoreline.
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